‘Swiss cheese bones’ could cause mystery low back pain

The vast majority of low back pain emerges without injury, especially in old age. A new study sheds light on what may be going on.

Rachel Butch-JHU • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: spine pain health-and-medicine joints

How to make neurosurgery possible in the Brazilian Amazon

A new study offers a model for creating a sustainable neurosurgery programs in poor, remote locations.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: amazon surgery brazil spine brains health-and-medicine

Watch: Spinal fluid waves flow into your brain as you sleep

This may be the first video of cerebrospinal fluid waves flowing through a sleeping person's brain.

Boston University • futurity
Nov. 7, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spine sleep brains featured health-and-medicine

Turtle spine signals reveal how movement starts

The neurons of itchy turtles show that movement most likely starts in a network of cells, not one "command center."

Anders Buch-Larsen • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spine als movement muscles health-and-medicine nerve-cells spinal-cord-injury

Spine device trains hands of future physical therapists

The new "SpinalLog" device uses foam and sensors to let physical therapy students practice moving the spine—no patient required.

Holly Bennett-U. Melbourne • futurity
March 21, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: education spine learning health-and-medicine hands physical-therapy

Surgery for adult scoliosis? Depends on your life

Is it better for adults with scoliosis to have corrective surgery or other treatment? Quality of life is the deciding factor, research finds.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 22, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: surgery spine pain health-and-medicine

Injured neurons revert to ‘immature’ state to regrow

Knowing more about how peripheral nerves shut off certain genes to regrow after injury could lead to new therapies for people with spinal cord injuries.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Dec. 17, 2018 ~6 min

Tags: neurons spine health-and-medicine injuries nerves

60,000-year-old skeleton hints that Neanderthals stood straight

A new 3D model of the ribcage of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton ever unearthed debunks the idea of a barrel-chested, hunched-over "caveman."

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Oct. 31, 2018 ~8 min

Tags: neanderthals fossils spine bones featured science-and-technology ribs

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